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To what extent did all Americans benifit from the boom of the 1920's.

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Although it seemed as though all Americans benefited from the Boom in America. This statement was not entirely true as the majority of the American population were in poverty, which was 60%. The rest of the 40% of the population were literally ten times richer than the rest of the population who were suffering as a result of poverty. The types of people who were under the constraints of poverty were, blacks, coal miners, ship builders, textile workers, farmers and sharecroppers who probably suffered the most. In contrast the 40% of Americans became rich by becoming involved in new professions such as, new industries, car industries, electrical companies, chemical plants, building agencies, fruit farmers. These types of people benefited from the boom because they had good employment opportunities and excellent wages. ...read more.


A government report of 1928 showed that the reservations land was so poor that it was impossible to scrape a living from it. Apart from the Native Indians, the people who were hit the hardest were the farmers especially sharecroppers. The reason for this was because of the fact that agriculture began to overproduce. When the farmers began to overproduce, the price of their crop fell and they entered poverty and a state of depression. The whole idea of being a sharecropper is that you grow only one crop and whatever money the crop made, you got part of it. However if boll weevil attacked your crop then you would have nothing to sell and get no income. As some farmers only had one crop like cotton, it destroyed their entire harvest and they got no income whatsoever and suffered as a result of this. ...read more.


These people would do things such as, lynch blacks, murders and crucify them on crosses while burning them. The blacks in the south were kept under a permanent state of poverty and disadvantage a number of restrictions, which are known as the 'Jim Crow' laws. These ensured that the blacks were separated from the white people. However the blacks that lived in the northern cities did not face this kind discrimination and violence, but were still badly affected by the racism of American society as they always got the lowest paid jobs and lived in the poorest housing. In conclusion, not all Americans benefited from the boom of the 1920's. The people who were the hardest hit were the ordinary farmers, blacks and worst hit of all were the Native Americans. While the 40% of the population where enjoying the Boom years, the majority of 60% remained below the poverty line constantly experiencing hardships. ...read more.

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